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Operation renovation: Fenton looks to add 'finishing touches' for Wild

'Whirlwind' summer awaits new GM as he seeks to build Stanley Cup contender

by Phil Ervin /

ST. PAUL -- New face, same objective. Fresh eyes, same vision.

"The goal remains," Wild owner Craig Leipold said Tuesday in introducing Paul Fenton as the Wild's new general manager, "to bring a Stanley Cup to the State of Hockey.

"No pressure, Paul."

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Boudreau, Fenton each took long road to top NHL gigs

New GM and his coach now begin work of building a consistent winner in Minnesota

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- When Ben Boudreau and P.J. Fenton hit the links recently in Fort Wayne, Indiana, it's safe to say the subject of hockey came up in the conversation.

Ben, the assistant coach of the Fort Wayne Komets, is the coaching son of Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. P.J. Fenton, a Fort Wayne resident, is a scout for the Edmonton Oilers and oldest son of new Wild general manager Paul Fenton.

It was the first ever meeting of people from the two hockey-crazed families that will aim to bring a Stanley Cup to the state of Minnesota in the seasons to come.

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Fenton's fire burns hot for first crack at GM post

Former Predators assistant general manager has worked his way up management ladder

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

Fenton discusses vision for Wild

Fenton discusses vision for Wild

New Wild general manager Paul Fenton sits down with Wild TV to talk about his background, goals for Minnesota moving forward

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ST. PAUL -- About a half century ago, a captain at the Springfield, Massachusetts police department told Chief Paul Fenton Sr. to forget baseball or basketball. It was hockey that was the next up-and-coming sport. 

Fenton Sr., not a hockey guy himself, for some reason, took his colleague's advice and helped cultivate a passion of the sport for his son, Paul Fenton Jr.

Little did he know how much he had altered the life path his son would take.

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Coyle using offseason to recover, grow his game

Wild forward believes in core and teammates' abilities to step up play

by Kayleigh Jackson /

ST. PAUL -- It was a difficult start to the season for Charlie Coyle, to say the least. Just three games into the 2017-18 campaign, the forward fractured his fibula after being hit with a slap shot. He missed 16 games to recover from the injury, but it seemed to follow him all season long. 

His 11 goals were his lowest since 2014-15, and while his 37 points are third-best in his career, it was a frustrating season for Coyle, he said.

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Foligno providing big boost when Wild needs it most

Forward has been one of Minnesota's most consistent players for the past six weeks

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- Not even three games into his Wild career, Marcus Foligno received a major reality check. It came via the right knuckle of Chicago Blackhawks forward John Hayden. 

A summertime trade from Buffalo to Minnesota had given Foligno new confidence. In six seasons with the Sabres, Foligno had never played in a playoff game, and he was coming to a club in search of its sixth consecutive trip to the postseason. A brand new four-year contract had provided the 26-year-old and his wife Natascia -- expecting the couple's first child later this month -- with security away from the rink.

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Greenway's sheer force a crucial part of his success

Minnesota's rookie winger hopes to be more physically engaged from puck drop in Game 2

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

WINNIPEG -- Jordan Greenway played perhaps his best game as a pro on Wednesday night in the Wild's Game 1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. 

Playing in his seventh NHL game, and his first in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Greenway assisted on Matt Cullen's goal which got the Wild on the board in the third period and finishing a plus-1. 

Of course, the big stage is nothing new for Greenway, who became the first player ever to play in an Olympics (United States), an NCAA Tournament (Boston University) and the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the same season.

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Prosser carves critical niche on young, untested blue line

A nightly healthy scratch early this season in St. Louis, veteran has become invaluable in Minnesota

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

LOS ANGELES -- It's been more than four months since Nate Prosser's triumphant return to the Wild dressing room, but it's still a little surreal for the veteran defenseman.

After skating in just one game with the St. Louis Blues during the first two months of the regular season, and with bodies on their blueline becoming healthy, the club put Prosser on waivers with the hopes of getting him through to their minor-league team.

But the Wild, desperate for a right-handed defenseman, put in a claim on the familiar face, bringing him back to Minnesota for a "third" stint with the club with which he's played 336 of his 337 NHL games.

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Injury puts scare into Wild's Suter

Defenseman could have surgery to repair broken ankle as soon as Thursday

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When even Ryan Suter himself knew he was injured, you knew it was bad. 

One of the most durable players of his generation, Suter sustained a serious ankle injury last week in Dallas, one which ended his season and require surgery. 

If Suter played a different sport, such as basketball or baseball, it's possible his career would be over.

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Three prospects look to claim top collegiate prize on Wild's home ice

Two UMD Bulldogs, one Michigan Wolverine prepare to compete on college hockey's biggest stage

by Kayleigh Jackson /

ST. PAUL -- Three Wild prospects remain in the hunt for the NCAA Division I men's Frozen Four championship -- to be settled starting Thursday at Xcel Energy Center -- two donning the maroon and gold sweaters of Minnesota Duluth and one in the maize and blue of Michigan.

For the former, it's a chance at redemption. The latter, an opportunity to further silence doubters.

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Naegele's vision for pro hockey lives on beyond his wildest dreams

State of Hockey Legacy Award honoree and first Wild owner achieved what many said was impossible: making pro hockey work in St. Paul

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- In the mid-1990s, the idea that professional hockey could work in downtown Saint Paul was a radical one.

The bustling area along West Seventh Street looked nothing like it does today. The state-of-the-art ballpark in Lowertown didn't exist. Xcel Energy Center and RiverCentre weren't even dreams yet.

But Bob Naegele Jr. had a vision.

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